A facelift, technically known as a Rhytidectomy (literally, surgical removal of wrinkles), is a type of cosmetic surgery procedure used to give a more youthful appearance by removing visible signs of aging on the face. It is done by tightening the sagging skin and underlying muscles, and by removing excess skin and fat.
A well performed face lift procedures makes you look much younger and more refreshed by giving you a new & more vibrant look.
How is a facelift performed & does it leave any scars on my face?
A facelift operation is usually performed as a day surgery under general or light sleep anesthesia. It typically takes between 2-6 hours to perform, longer if you choose to have one or more additional procedures performed at the same time.
During the facelift procedure the surgeon loosens the facial skin from the underlying fat and muscle, tightens the muscle and fascia underneath, and then re-drapes the skin, trimming and suturing or stapling it into position. This is a facelift in its simplest form.
Little bit of scarring is a given with all surgery, so it’s more a question of visibility. However, facelift scars are hidden in the hairline, in the folds behind the ears or under the jawline, so they are very least noticeable.
When do I get to notice the results of my facelift & how long will they last?
You’ll notice that your facial skin and underlying muscles have started to become firmer, within few weeks of your surgery. But, complete results may take a few months to be completely visible.
The benefits of a facelift last about 10 years, so depending on how old you are when you have a facelift, you may need another down the road.
Are there any non-surgical procedures available to reduce the signs of aging?
There are several non-surgical procedures available as well which to a large extent stop the signs of aging.